Young People Inspired to Seek Digital Jobs, Worry They Will Need New Skills

Young people inspired to seek digital jobs but worry they will need new skills to be successful Digital technology is creating new, more interesting job opportunities, according to an Accenture (NYSE: ACN) study, which surveyed 5,000+ UK residents from the age of 12+. However, the research found that student age respondents worry they may not be […]

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27 Teacher Actions That Help Promote Valid Assessment Data

There is often talk about assessment–its forms, frequency, and the integration of gleaned data to revise planned instruction. Formative versus assessment, rigor, and the evasive nature of understanding are also areas for exploration. But rarely is there discussion about the kinds of things teachers can do–literal actions and concrete strategies–to help streamline the assessment process, and hopefully […]

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Ultimate Guide to the Paperless Classroom

Many top educators and administrators view the idea of a paperless classroom as an inevitability in education. In today’s digital age, these educators believe that a paperless classroom promotes a more efficient and organized classroom while preparing students for the practical world outside classroom walls. In other words, if every facet of life is becoming […]

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Cracking the Code

Children as young as 7 are learning computer programming at school — and loving it. Experts tell education reporter Nicholas Jones the skill is the “new literacy” fast becoming the key to good jobs On a rainy lunchtime at West Auckland’s Marina View School students hold their breath as a robot enters the shade beneath […]

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Why Daydreaming is Critical to Effective Learning

There’s no doubt there are more distractions bombarding students than there were 50 years ago. Most kids have cellphones, use social media, play games, watch TV and are generally more “plugged in” than ever before. This cultural shift means that in addition to helping students gain the transferable skills and knowledge they’ll need later in […]

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Critical Thinking

One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.” Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the […]

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How Stress Affects the Brain During Learning

A fight or flight reaction may be useful in some situations, but it is highly detrimental in the classroom. Whether anxiety stems from test taking or from an unstable home environment, the brains of students experiencing high levels of stress look different than those who are not — and those brains behave differently, too. In […]

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School-Wide Twitter Chats

Have you ever had a student say to you, “Wow, this is so much fun, do we have to stop?” This is the kind of excitement that children have shared with teachers after participating in the New Zealand school-wide Twitter chat called Kidsedchatnz. The Kidsedchatnz idea was born out of numerous worldwide Twitter chats for […]

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Robotics Enters K-12 Classrooms

These six robotics resources can help educators introduce the subject into their classrooms The lesser-known elements of STEM are enjoying the limelight right now, with computer science and coding moving to the top of educators’ priority lists. Robotics, too, is following suit—the subject is quickly catching on in schools across the nation as programming emerges […]

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11 Must-See Lessons from TED Ed

Short animated lessons you’ll love, from atomic structure to the science of stage fright (and how to overcome it). Bite-size snacks of knowledge, TED-Ed Video Lessons are short, free educational videos written by educators and students, then animated by some of the most creative minds in the business. The topics of these addictive little videos range from quantum physics to the art of […]

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Video Games More Helpful Than Harmful

For all the talk about how video games rot our kids’ brains (they’ve been linked to lower academic performance in college students and a lack of empathy in teens), there’s evidence that they can be used for good. There’s mounting data that specially designed video games (known as “serious games”) can increase knowledge and change […]

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7 Ways to Exercise Your Brain—And Why You Really Need To!

Cognitive brain function peaks in our early fifties, but staying mentally active can prevent brain loss in the years to follow. If you’re over 40, you’re not going to like this (and if you’re not yet 40, get ready for a reality check): Early in your fifth decade, researchers believe, your cognitive brain performance peaks. […]

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs

Are kids actually reading? It’s a worthwhile question. In an age when distractions seem to make readers more reluctant, one must wonder how many students actually do it. There’s evidence to support this fear. Grant Wiggins recently published a survey of a typical American high school. It found that English is students’ least favorite subject, and worse, […]

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4 Ways Technology is Changing How People Learn

When we talk about what changes technology has brought to classrooms across the globe, the answers could basically be never ending. Teachers could talk about things like bringing ease to researching all types of topics, bringing organization (and a lack of physical papers to lose) to the classroom, and making connections for professional development. There could be a lot of […]

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